I overheard the referee say that his watch wasn’t working, Baraza says after controversial Tusker draw

Sofapaka FC head coach John Baraza is a bitter man; this after his charges were denied vital three points in the title race by Tusker who scored deep in stoppage time in the two team’s round 28 league fixture to earn a 2-2 draw.

The tie played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday 5 May saw Sofa surrender a two goal advantage in the final minutes of the game with Rodgers Aloro netting the equalizer with virtually the last kick of the game.

Controversial goal

Aloro’s goal sparked controversy as it had been scored in the 96th minute of play, two minutes more than the four that had been added on at the end of the 90.

In his assessment of the game, Baraza refused to blame his players for a lack of concentration to see out the win instead putting the blame solely on the officials.

“I am very angry because the game was already over. We played more minutes than the ones that had been given at the end of normal time,” Baraza said.

“It is not about the concentration of my players it is about the referee. When you add more minutes it is like you (the ref) are fighting for an invisible person that we do not know.

Overheard

“We played more minutes than the four that were added and I overheard the referee telling the fourth official that his watch had stopped. He was told that the four minutes were over but he did not end the game,” Baraza said.

The dropped points saw Sofa fail to take advantage of Gor Mahia’s draw with Western Stima to remain seven points adrift of the leaders.

Sofa will next take on Western Stima on Wednesday 8 at the very same ground.